Anonymous

Summer camp overload?

I am not originally from this area, but I feel like the only parent who doesn’t send their kid to multiple day camps throughout the summer. It was not a “thing” where I’m from nor when I grew up. I’m hoping my kids won’t feel left out, but I can’t afford or even want to send them for several weeks out of the summer. It seems a little crazy to me. Every time I speak to someone their kid has camp that week.

  • Jill
    Aug 06

    It does seem like everyone is in summer camp these days. I never went to camp as a kid either. I think if you are able to be with your kids all summer, those are memories they will remember and cherish.

  • Jennie
    Aug 06

    I don't know where you're from but I grew up in SoCal and didn't do that. I now live in Central Texas and yeah, it's a camp fest! I allowed my 2 older kids to pick one thing each, and it was a 2 hour a day for 3 days situation. But I definitely see parents sending them to different ones every week. I think a lot families use them as childcare though, since they still work during the summer.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 06

    My husband and I both work full time and have no choice in the matter. It costs a fortune too.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 06

    It seems like a lot of the moms that I’ve met are stay at home moms, and all I hear about is how many different camps they are signed up for. And yes, it is sooo expensive! I signed my kids up for one sport each so that they would have an activity to look forward to each week, but I just cannot afford these camps as they are about 200-300 a week on average. And some send them 4-6 weeks out of the summer. I also work from home part time so I feel guilty that I’m not providing my kids with all of the activities the other kids around here seem to be involved in, we’ve had a pretty boring summer of playground visits, story time at the library and the pool once a week. I feel like even that is more than what I did when I was a kid haha.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 06

    And honestly not judging anyone, but I feel like a bad mom since my kids aren’t signed up for a million different camps like everyone else🙁

  • Anonymous
    Aug 06

    Around here, it’s the only option for school aged kids if both parents work. Which is most families that I know (I know not all families, just speaking to the people I’m friends with)

  • Ann
    Aug 07

    You could check out scholarships for camp. Some camps offer them. Just need to do some research and calling around. YMCA?

  • Katie
    Aug 07

    I grew up in nj and going to summer camp was always something I did.we do send our son so summer day camp at arrowhead county club. I enjoy sending him to camp all his friends go and he makes great memories. We also go away a lot too in the summer. So he gets an summer break.

  • Andrea
    Aug 08

    I agree I think the camp thing is really big right now! My parents worked while I was growing up and we didn’t go to camp - not even sure it existed outside of Boy Scouts and stuff. I had the same experience this summer noticing how many parents signed their kids up for camp. For us it would have been a logistical nightmare because we have 3 different caregivers throughout the week and would have to get them all on board with pickup/dropoff (it’s enough getting through the school year). Still some of these camps seem really cool and next summer I want to try to get my son involved in at least one!

  • Cozetta
    Aug 09

    My grandson attended camp for the first time this year. The camp he attended only allows you to go one week. He had a great time & saids he wants to go next year. He mother qualified for the cheapest fee which was a blessing. It's nice for him to meet new friends & have fun for a week. Rest of time he spent doing things with his mom and us the grandparents. He said he had a great summer.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 09

    Maybe I will try one or two weeks and see if I qualify for a discount. I do think it’s great to be active and have fun and I know these camps provide that, I just find it hard to keep up when in my immediate area it seems like kids go to a different camp every week, makes me feel like my kids are missing out or we don’t fit in. And I totally understand why some parents use it for childcare when they both work.

  • Kathie
    Aug 10

    Im 28 now, but when I was a child my parents sent me to overnight summer camps. Only one every year. Those were some of the best years of my life, and I think my parents were able to send me on some sort of scholarship, because you’re right, they are super expensive, and i highly doubt someone in their field of work could’ve afforded it. I plan to send my son when he gets older. He will no doubt have a blast!

  • Maryna
    Aug 10

    I’m just finishing to read “Simplicity Parenting” book and it makes me feel no worries, I love its idea of not adding many scheduled activities to kids’ life (whenever possible).